LATVIA: Forests, Wetlands, Green Infrastructure & Digital Technologies

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Update 7th May 2020: Course under review. As soon as we have confirmed information on the possibility of holding the course on the advertised dates we will contact participants. It is possible that some participants will be unable to make the course. If you would like to be considered for a reserve place please email an expression of interest.

Hosts: Andis Purs (State Forest Service of Latvia)

Course Dates: 6 – 13 September 2020

Application Deadline: 2nd March but course heavily oversubscribed

Preparation Meeting Date: 12 August 2020

Aims & Themes: exploring Latvian forestry and wetland management, conservation policy and practice; hunting attitudes & practices; digital tools for conservation planning & action; cultural heritage and landscapes of Latvia

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Draft Itinerary: the itinerary will be finalised in consultation with the participants. It will include the State Forest Service and associated government and academic organisations in Riga; Kemeri National Park, Lake Kaneiris and Dunduri Meadows; State Forest Research Institute; Cesis Institute of Environmental Solutions; Traditional Barrel Makers; Viestura Larmanic Culture Heritage as Green Infrastructure in rural north Latvia.

Reports from 2019 & 2018

Click here to download the full NET course list for 2020.

Click here to download the NET 5 2020 application form. (SNH staff are very welcome to email an expression of interest but they must complete their own internal HR process before submitting an application form)

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Introduction and Finnish Forestry Overview Over two-thirds of Finland is forest cover. This expanse of forest cover may be one of the reasons most of the population seems to be well connected to nature, because most people live within reach of nature. Not only do people live near nature, but many are able to own a small piece of it as much of the forested area is owned by private persons. Accessibility is also important because many people are able to use the forest, even if they do not own any forests themselves. Subject to certain rules and regulations, people are able to use the forest and the wildlife within it as a renewable resource for wood products, hunting and foraging. Above all, most Finnish people strongly value the link between being in nature and good health.

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